Luckily for me, some of the established plants continued to fight their way onward through the season, despite my neglect - like the beautiful Glory Bower (Clerodendrum trichotomum ) sparkling with seed pods right now.
Each of the determined perennials that pulled through without much aid or interest on my part are really treasured now. Brave souls. Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) don't get much respect these days, but what a shot of brightness they've been in my late summer/early fall garden this year. These are in that group of plants that I utterly take for granted - heck, I spend more time ripping them out than encouraging them. I am humbled by their beautiful tenacity.
Perhaps even more amazing are the annuals that pulled through almost entirely on their own. Sure, I threw down the seeds but, believe me, that was the end of it.
And I still can't figure out how an area can be in a full-blown drought and be humid. How miserable is THAT?
This clump of flowering D. lablab vine has got to extend a full 30' down the fence. Bees, hummingbirds.... me.... we all love it. I'm saving all the seeds. I'll have tons. Let me know if you want some for next spring. I've always loved this plant - if only because it's so fun to mutter "lab-lab" at it.
Word is those gorgeous bean pods are edible. Haven't worked up the initiative to eat any. If anyone else has, send in an opinion. Edible? Delicious?
Anyway, thank heaven for fall. And thanks for all the enjoyment I've gotten gardening vicariously through all your gardening blogs when I was too out of sorts to do it myself.
- - Sybil